NYE with FTD

I’ve rambled on about my football fandom on quite a few occasions. I shared my love for my Alma Mater, the University of Illinois. I’ve worn outfits showing how football and fashion can coexist. I’ve given you the backstory on how I ended up liking sports in the first place. And today, it all kind of comes full circle!

girls holding balloons

Today, Hallie & I are headed out to Pasadena, California to attend all of the fun festivities surrounding the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl with the team at FTD! Pinch-me moment, 100%. I am so excited to go behind the scenes with FTD and experience the Rose Parade from an insider’s view! Aside from attending the game, the pep rallies, and the tailgates (which will all be a ton of fun.. obviously!), we get the incredible experience of going behind the scenes at the famous Rose Parade. We’ll have the chance to get an up-close and personal peek at the floats, see the VIP vehicle decorating first-hand, chat with the amazing designers behind it all, and more. I’m overly excited to get to see all of the beautiful blooms in person … Can you imagine? ALL OF THE INSTAS. Even if football is not your thing, the Rose Parade is something that almost everyone can get behind! 6,000 stems of flowers and foliage will be featured on this year’s vehicles and over 300 pounds of flowers will be used on each. I can hardly wait to see it all in person!

Hallie and I will be taking over the FTD Blog, as well as their social media channels, while we are there. Be sure to follow along! My first blog post is already up on the FTD Blog… Click on over to read it!

My parents went to the Rose Bowl in the 2007-2008 season when Illinois played and they absolutely raved about the Rose Parade, the intricacy of the floats, and overall how wonderful it was to experience such a historical event. I’m so excited to see it all for myself!

Hallie and I have a packed itinerary and it’s sure to be a fun-filled week! Plus, escaping the Northeast weather for the week and spending New Years in sunny Pasadena sounds pretty fabulous. We’re flying out today and will be in California through the end of the week. We’ll be ‘gramming and tweeting up a storm so be sure to follow along! 🙂








hallie and jessica

girls holding balloons nyc

glitter booties sequin pumps

bloggers day off shirt

gold letter balloons

glitter sequin shoes chandon pour on the fun

letter balloons yay

gold letter balloons yay

bloggers day off

PS: A bit of a back story on these t-shirts… We found them at Bik Bok when we were in Oslo, Norway earlier this fall. Too perfect not to snatch up! We had no idea where we would wear them, but this photo shoot was the perfect place. We’re both ready for a little escape from the city!

Cynthia Vincent Jacket  |  Bik Bok Tee  |  AG Jeans (on sale!)  |  J.Crew Pumps

Lydia Hudgens Photography

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  1. 12.29.14
    Lindsay said:

    Lucky you! Sounds so fun to be at the Rose Bowl!


  2. 12.29.14
    Emma said:

    Sounds like so much fun, I can’t wait to see the rose bowl and rose parade pictures!

  3. 12.29.14

    Your shirts are too cute! Bring on the instas 😉

  4. 12.29.14
    Alison C said:

    How exciting! I always love watching the Rose Parade. Can’t wait to see all of your photos!

  5. 12.29.14

    Looks like a great way to spend the New Year!! Have fun!!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  6. 12.29.14

    That sounds absolutely amazing! I went to the Rose Bowl in 2010 and had the best time! I can’t wait to see all of your behind the scenes photos!


  7. 12.29.14
    Frannie said:

    Have so much fun! These pictures are so cute… I love both of your sparkly shoes!

    xo, Frannie

  8. 12.29.14

    You two are so cute! Hope you have a great trip!

  9. 12.29.14

    What a great way to ring in the New Year!! I can’t wait to follow along!

  10. 12.29.14
    Emily said:

    Love this! Have fun!!

  11. 12.29.14

    Such a cute post! Have fun!

    Madison Martine

  12. 12.29.14
    Ashley said:

    Y’all are going to have a blast! Can’t wait to follow along!

  13. 12.29.14
    margarita said:

    sorry….LA is kindda cold right now – 60s…maybe low 70s….that’s freezing for us 🙂

  14. 12.29.14
    Jeanne said:

    I love your glitter shoes Miss! Gorgeous pictures!
    I wish you happy holidays!

  15. 12.29.14

    Yay you are in my town! You will have a blast! The detail on the floats is amazing! Too bad its so cold.

  16. 12.29.14

    Such a cute post! Have so much fun!!! Happy New Year! xxo

  17. 12.29.14
    Maggie said:

    Were are your pants from?

  18. 12.29.14

    Sounds fun to be at Rose Bowl, have a great time!!


  19. 12.29.14

    How fun!! Have a blast! I can’t wait to see all the photos!!

  20. 12.29.14
    Ashleigh said:


  21. 12.29.14
    Christina said:

    Aww, you and Hallie look great and I’m sure you will have so much fun in California! That trip seems like a perfect way to start 2015 – I hope you have an awesome time!

    ~ Christina

  22. 12.29.14
    Melissa said:

    Cute photos Jess! Have fun

  23. 12.29.14

    AMAZING! Have so much fun!

    Heidi D.

  24. 12.30.14
    Meg said:

    Such cute pics! Can you share where your pants are from!? I LOVE them!!!!

  25. 12.30.14
    Emily said:

    Wow! How exciting – I love the Rose Parade! I can’t wait to see all of your pictures!

    Happy New Year,

  26. 12.30.14
    Meagan said:

    You two are so cute! Can’t wait to see photos!

  27. 12.30.14
    Lo said:

    I’ve already loved seeing all the pictures on Instagram of your day off, I hope you’re having loads of fun. And I can’t wait to see what you have planned for the new year.

    Lo | http://www.talkswithlo.blogspot.com

  28. 1.1.15

    Such an adorable picture! Hope you’re having a great trip!
    xx Lexi @glitterinclexi | Glitter, Inc.

  29. 1.6.15
    Monica said:

    Hey Jessica!

    I came across both yours and Hallie’s blogs via The Every Girl – I am SO glad I did! I love both of them now – you’re now officially part of my ‘daily reads’ book marks : )!

    These outfits are so cute on you guys, and the thought of a parade of flowers?!! Wow! What an amazing opportunity – I hope you loved it!

    Happy New Year from your newest reader!

    Love from the UK! Monica x